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Hi All,

I am currently running PT 8 HD2 on G5. I also have PT HD 10 and want to build a VERY QUIET rack mounted machine. I'm looking for suggestions on case and motherboard (2 PCI slots a must), Thunderbolt would be great, video card. I have checked Avid's PRO TOOLS requirements and will cross check them with what is suggested. I'm okay with NOT doing the latest and greatest. I know I will be changing again once PRO TOOLS decides what they are going to do on PT 11. For now, I want to be up and running away from the clunky, loud G5.

Thanks everyone!

Cheers.
J
 

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what depth on the rack mount? 1U? 2U? or higher?

As for PCI slots - you are going to have a hard time finding a 7 series board with more than 1 PCI slot - most willl have only PCIe slots.

EDIT: Full ATX board or mATX?
 
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H77-DS3H Gigabyte Motherboard http://amazon.com/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

iStarUSA Server Chassis http://amazon.com/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Replace all fans with Noctua, id say you only need 3-4 . http://amazon.com/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

This power supply should be fairly quiet by Seasonic http://amazon.com/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Throw in a Core i7 3770, not the k, turn off turbo and hyperthreading when running pro tools http://amazon.com/?tag=tonymacx86com-20

Here's a low noise heatsink for the cpu http://amazon.com/?tag=tonymacx86com-20
 
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H77 is not good for PCI-X Digidesign cards. No native PCI support. Look for Q67 or B75 board.
 
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Thank you axedye. I look into all of these suggestions. Are you running Pro Tools on your machine? What about mikonmac's comment? Thoughts?
 
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Thanks Mikonmac. I'm still learning here. How'd you find that info? I'm not doubting you, I'm wanting to learn is all. Do you Pro Tools on your build?
 
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Hi Going Bald. I am looking for a 4U space. Thanks for the clarity. I hear ya about only finding 1 PCI slot. I may need to live with that for now until I move to PT X HD Native. I don't think I will go HDX card unless I get a good swap price from Avid. I'm doing my best to build/buy for today with a bit of wisdom for tomorrow's technology. Again thanks.
 

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Hi Going Bald. I am looking for a 4U space. Thanks for the clarity. I hear ya about only finding 1 PCI slot. I may need to live with that for now until I move to PT X HD Native. I don't think I will go HDX card unless I get a good swap price from Avid. I'm doing my best to build/buy for today with a bit of wisdom for tomorrow's technology. Again thanks.

Personally, I like the Chenbro brand. A little more expensive than some, but very sturdy. YGWYPF.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=Chenbro+4u
 
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i have 2 systems running fine with
gigabyte GA H55 USB 3

but recently i'm bulding another for
a friend and using
thos mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506

and when running pro
tools HD 9 (1 core and 1 accel)
error dae 6042
i have problems,
any ideas i will apreciate,
thanks


I am currently running PT 8 HD2 on G5. I also have PT HD 10 and want to build a VERY QUIET rack mounted machine. I'm looking for suggestions on case and motherboard (2 PCI slots a must), Thunderbolt would be great, video card. I have checked Avid's PRO TOOLS requirements and will cross check them with what is suggested. I'm okay with NOT doing the latest and greatest. I know I will be changing again once PRO TOOLS decides what they are going to do on PT 11. For now, I want to be up and running away from the clunky, loud G5.

Thanks everyone!

Cheers.
J[/QUOTE]
 

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Hi Going Bald. I am looking for a 4U space. Thanks for the clarity. I hear ya about only finding 1 PCI slot. I may need to live with that for now until I move to PT X HD Native. I don't think I will go HDX card unless I get a good swap price from Avid. I'm doing my best to build/buy for today with a bit of wisdom for tomorrow's technology. Again thanks.

How many PCI cards do you have? GA has a board out which would make a great ProTools board IF your version will run in Lion or Mountain Lion. OS X Snow Leopard, unfortunately, will not boot from HDD/SSD on the 77/75 series main boards - No SL in Ivy Bridge.
 
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